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The Lighthouse

Director: Robert Eggers

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, Valeriia Karaman

Rating: 15

USA/Canada 2019, 109mins

Two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson) try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) arrives at the lighthouse for his first four-week stint. Greeted by veteran seafarer Tom Wake (Willem Dafoe) he has to undertake all the back-breaking physical toil while Tom alone keeps the light working. As Ephraim’s resentment grows, so does the sense of fear and paranoia. The starkly beautiful black and white images and the superb sound design, create a hypnotic and hallucinatory fusion of beauty and brutality.

“The Lighthouse” is a shining example of the impact a film can have, even when it’s made with modest financial and physical resources - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal